Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Wonderful Times of Godfrey and Chucky: Hot Spring by Daitoku Daiichi

Blog Post: Speeding and Reading

We love speed. Who doesn't? We want to zoom towards our target, we want our money to come in quickly and we want to see more natural wonders than anyone else. Godfrey Mann, as well as the people of Singapore, love speed, which is why they get along so well. Although Godfrey Mann is a blonde-haired foreigner with mystifying mannerisms, he experiences no major altercations in Singapore, which is populated by an Asian majority. He is not locked up in jail by corrupt authorities nor beaten up by xenophobic locals. Godfrey Mann enjoyed his Singapore experience so much that he gives favourable reviews about the small island to his friends, when asked. He had almost no negative opinion about Singapore (in part because he doesn't remember everything), which some of you may certainly find unbelievable. Then again, he's a fictional character.

I love speed too. I love computers that compute quickly, and people who can get right to the heart of the matter. The quicker someone solves a problem, the happier I am. Although my book collection is mostly made up of paper books, I have first launched my novel, 'Hot Spring', as an e-book so that it can be instantaneously delivered to the reader. No travel time to the bookstore, no waiting in the line. Putting my novel as an ebook allows me to deliver quickly without shortening my writing process, which would compromise the quality of my novel. I don't cut corners for my readers.

What is surprising about Singapore is that her people love speed because they are quite deprived of it. It is a fairly small island, and the best road to speed along would be the Ayer Rajah Expressway joining into East Coast Parkway. (part of it is featured in the picture) They connect the west to east side of the island (where the renowned Changi Airport is) in slightly over an hour when going at the legal speed of 70-90 km/h ( about 50 miles per hour). Singapore is really that small. As we all know, legal limits are only enforced when the cops are visibly on duty, and people usually go about 10 to 20 km/h more when driving. The cops and authorities define this as 'speeding'. Godfrey and Chucky enter the city with this expressway, and Godfrey will later chase down a nasty villain who tries to flee to the airport. The Singapore F1 Grand Prix is also another speeding event which enthralls Godfrey and other international tourists, so it is a key event in the novel.

Although some speeding in life is sometimes necessary, speeding is not for beginners, because it is dangerous and seductive. The best speeders only speed when they have to, and do not speed for speeding's sake. They get their thrills from a wide variety of activities, one of them books. This does not apply merely to speeding on the road, but also to speeding through life, its lessons and details. If we speed on the road, we miss the scenery; if we speed through life, we miss its varied tastes and colors. Our brains can actually degenerate if we speed through life! This is a major theme in Hot Spring, where we can observe how the prosperity of the fast life sometimes make us vulnerable mentally.

And finally onto speed reading. I do speed read from time to time. I speed read news articles, especially when they are on topics that have been going on for a long time (eg. for the last decade), especially along the lines of 'China is to blame for American problems' or 'USA is to blame for China's problems'. However, I don't speed read fiction when I want to have a good time. It doesn't make sense. Everything becomes boring. Sure it's a good idea to read more carefully for your favorite chapters and characters. Speed-reading fiction is like gulping down food without tasting it. People gulp down food quickly only for three reasons: the food does not taste good, they are in a rush, or they have a bad habit of gulping. If there is good food and plenty of time, and the person still swallows it quickly anyway, that person is a sad, pathetic creature who is likely to be very cruel and crass.

So let us enjoy reading more than speeding, and keep ourselves away from those who are trying to fall sick. Read all about speeding into, speeding around, and speeding out of a tropical city in 'Hot Spring'. Be like Chucky, hang on to the driver, and Gawdspeed!

The Wonderful Times of Godfrey and Chucky: Hot Spring

by Daitoku Daiichi

Genre: Drama/Teens/Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Daitoku Daiichi
Release Date: January 2013

The Wonderful Adventures of Godfrey and Chucky

Godfrey is young, wealthy and able-bodied. He has all the women you can imagine, and unbelievably deep pockets. But Godfrey wants more. His Great Greatness wants to rid the world of a menacing scourge, and restore what is truly superior to an elevated position. Why would anyone stop him? Who could possibly stop him?

Chucky arrives as the new assistant, and tries to perform every duty that is handed to him. What challenges for a dull servant! Look at him muddling through! With passports of exclusive privilege, the two adventurers make a splash in tropical Langkawi, where the water is blue and the girls are brown. Then they rendezvous with the locals in Singapore, where pleasures are plentiful and multicolored. Food and money are found in piles. Life in a global city should be, possibly, one of uninterrupted leisure…shouldn’t it?

Desire is a seductively red piece of jade, which resides even in our dreams.

"I am a healthy, strong and sexy male with a life, most of it sex life." - Godfrey Mann

"I did not know how to reply, since the words were difficult to speak." - Chucky

About The Author:

Inspired by English and Japanese gardens, Daitoku Daiichi is committed to sharing scenes of beauty with his readers. He hopes that through the mansion-like device of the novel, he can host a tea party to serve his readers exotic delights. In the day, he is a tutor, essayist, gourmet and world traveler. People somehow love to share their secrets with him, and he wants use his gifts of perception to tell innovative stories.

Readers are always welcome to chat with him at ddaiichi@gmail.com

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